Janie Velma Riley

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Janie Velma (Gross) Riley, died Sunday afternoon, February 9, 2014, at the Cordell Christian Home in Cordell, Oklahoma, where she had been a resident since February 10, 2012. Janie was born March 7, 1933, at Welch, Oklahoma, to Charley Lewis Gross and Maude Lester (McPherson) Gross. Janie graduated from Welch High School, Welch, Oklahoma, in 1952. On June 19, 1954, Janie married William Wesley “Wes” Riley in Coffeyville, Kansas. After many years of being a stay at home wife and mother, Janie attended and graduated beauty school in Coffeyville in 1971. In 1972, Janie’s Beauty Salon, a six station salon, was named the most outstanding Beauty Salon in Kansas. Janie was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Coffeyville, Kansas. Most of her adult life she was a Missionette leader (1968-1974), and head of the “Cradle Roll” Nursery (1959-1968), where she had 50 babies on the roll. After many years as a beautician (1971-1977) and traveling with her husband in his semi as a cross country trucker, Janie and family moved to the Tulsa area until 1993, where she retired. After moving back to Coffeyville for a short time, Janie moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, in 1996, to be near her daughter and family, and lived there until her death. Janie was a member of the Washita County AARP in Cordell, Oklahoma, for many years where she was the Vice President of the Chapter. During those years she won several awards for being a volunteer for AARP. Janie loved to fish and work in her yard, growing beautiful flowers. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, 7 months, and 21 days, William Wesley “Wes” Riley, who stayed by her side until her death. She is also survived by her daughter Debbie (Riley) Holland, of Cordell, Oklahoma; grandson Austin Holland, and his wife Madison, of Elk City, Oklahoma; grandson Daltin Holland and his wife Lisa, and great-grandson Payton Holland, all of Cordell, Oklahoma; one sister Johnie Peal Karnes, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; twin brother Charlie D. Gross, of Coos Bay, Oregon; youngest brother Larry Gross, and his wife Jean Ann, of Welch, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews. Janie is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lula Jean Cooper, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charline Wilmoth, Tyro, Kansas; one brother Welborn “Cotton” Thompson, Vinita, Oklahoma; and son-in-law Anthony Holland, Cordell, Oklahoma. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Penwell-Gabel-Ford-Wulf-Burns Chapel with interment in Coffeyville Restlawn Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory.
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